Carrie Lynn Mattei
While I was born in the bay area of California, I have spent most of my life in Texas (with a minor intermission in Georgia)—DFW area, Amarillo, and Waco. I graduated from Baylor in 1990 with a B.A. in Psychology, and after a year off “gaining experience” working in a psychiatric hospital, I started attending Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. While there, I worked in a Residential Treatment Program for children & adolescents. I graduated in 1994 with two Master’s—one in Marriage and Family Counseling and the other in Religious Education. Following graduation, I moved to Amarillo where I worked as a Unit Therapist for a Buckner’s Residential Treatment program. In 1996, my husband and I moved to Georgia where I worked as a part time therapist for a non-profit specializing in clients dealing with incest and sexual abuse.
In 1999, I began a break from the professional world of marriage, family, child development, and therapy to focus fulltime on the personal 24/7 world of raising children and nurturing a marriage (and God definitely used the time to provide me with some awesome illustrations for my Lifespan Development class!). During that time I also served in the volunteer capacities of MOPS (Mother’s of Preschoolers) Coordinator for five years and lay Director of VBS for 5 years.
In 2009, I began teaching as an adjunct at McLennan Community College, and in 2015, I came to UMHB as an adjunct. My long term, pinnacle dream has always been to teach fulltime at a four-year university. While I have not always understood the ‘open and closed doors’ God has allowed throughout my life, I now smile and stand amazed to see how He has woven so many experiences, setbacks, and interactions with people into this incredible opportunity to teach at UMHB!